Meanwhile Fellows/O'Connell/Papis continued to motor on and moved up the chart. Flawless pit stops and incident-free driving brought the yellow C5-R across the checkered flag at 10:32 p.m. at Fourth overall and First in GTS. The Corvette
finished the race 22 laps ahead of the Second place GTS Ferrari 575. Johnny O'Connell became the first driver in Sebring history to have six class wins at this historic race. The victory circle was filled with a lot of smiling Corvette Racing team members. But the biggest smile we saw was on the face of GM's new racing boss Doug Duchardt. Victories do that to people.
What ever happened to the car and crew of that 1972 Sebring victory? The '69 L88 was found and restored by Kevin McKay and is now in a private collection in California. Dave Heinz passed away some years ago, but he is still remembered for his amazing driving skills. Bob Johnson lives in Marietta, Ohio, and still retains his wonderful sense of humor. Toye and Dana English own a successful Chevrolet dealership in Florida. Their early success as race team owners paid big dividends for them in business. As Team VETTE stood in victory lane watching the celebration, it was easy to remember that amazing Corvette victory that stood unbeaten for thirty-two years.